What a Wonderful Woman

Wonder Woman is probably the world’s most popular female superhero, and honestly why wouldn’t she be?  She’s sexy, strong, smart, patriotic, and well-dressed – the epitome of the modern feminist.  Wonder Woman was first featured in All Star Comics #8 in December of 1941 – the same month as the Pearl Harbor attacks!  It’s so surreal Wonder Woman has been around that long.  She is a princess of the Amazons and is known as Diana of Themyscira, aka Diana Prince when she moves to the United States.  Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist famous for inventing the polygraph.  He wanted to create a superhero that fought with love instead of fists.  When he presented the idea to his wife, Elizabeth, she said “Fine.  But make her a woman.”  Marston wrote in 1943: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”  Originally, Diana fought the Nazis and other Axis powers after saving an American intelligence officer that crashed on her Amazonian island.  Wonder Woman has superhuman strength, agility, and speed.  She is quite adept at fighting in hand-to-hand combat and military tactics.  Her most famous onscreen portrayal is the television series starring Lynda Carter that aired from 1975 to 1979.  In the series, Carter looked like the perfect embodiment of a strong and saucy brunette.  Wonder Woman enlists in the United States Navy under the name “Diana Prince,” as a First Class Petty Officer.  While Carter looks strong and powerful as her natural self, her human alter-ego looks much softer – even in her Naval uniform (pictured, above right).  Diana’s round-rimmed glasses give her a much less-threatening appearance (even geeky in some shots), but when she’s in costume, there’s no messing with this woman!  As Diana, she wears many soft-looking fashion items, such as the pink frock featured on today’s “Look-of-the-Day.”  When out of either uniform, Diana wears her go-to spectacles, floral prints, vests and other trendy 70s items, in a conservative sense… Hell!  She’s even wearing stockings and a kimono in her one-piece bathing suit!  But when Diana is in Wonder Woman gear, she’s an entirely different person.  She has an extremely patriotic red, white and blue strapless leotard to show off her beautiful Amazonian physique.  Like any well-equipped soldier (or sailor, in this case), every accessory of Wonder Woman’s outfit can be used for other purposes: her tiara acts as a projectile, her gold cuffs with red stars are indestructible, and her Lasso of Truth forces people to be honest when tangled in it.  And her knee-high red and white boots?  Well those are just for looking good!  (Although, she’s probably be wearing something similar to this “Wednesday’s Shoe” in the age of the stiletto…)  We don’t particularly like the look of the new Wonder Woman pilot that’s yet to be picked up with Adrianne Palicki (her outfit just looks too cheap, and she doesn’t look comfortable in the role), but we certainly loved Lynda Carter in the role!  (Maybe because our editors were raised by another strong, dark brunette named Linda who also juggled everything going on in her world…)  Well, Wonder Woman is everything our editors admire in a person and she manages to do it with great style!


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